Tolimir trial commences at ICTY 25 Feb 2010
The trial of the former Serbian deputy commander, Zdravko Tolimir, has commenced at the ICTY.

On 26 February 2010 the trial of Zdravko Tolimir got underway at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Tolimir is the last accused in custody of the ICTY to be put on trial. Tolimir is accused of committing genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity between July and November 1995 related to the massacres of Bosnian Muslims in the towns of Srebrenica and Zepa in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Tolimir is charged on the basis of individual criminal responsibility for genocide (Art. 4); conspiracy to commit genocide (Article 4); extermination, murder, persecutions, forcible transfer and deportation (crimes against humanity )(Art. 5) and  murder (violations of the laws or customs of war) (Art. 3). Tolimir is accused of taking part in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE) in association with Vujadin Popović, Radivoje Miletić, Milan Gvero, Vinko Pandurević, Ljubiša Beara, Drago Nikolić and Ljubomir Borovčanin, all of whom are already on trial in proceedings before the ICTY.

Zdravko Tolimir was Assistant Commander for Intelligence and Security of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Main Staff in 1995. Tolimir was one of seven Assistant Commanders who reported to Ratko Mladić, Commander of the Main Staff of the VRS, who is still wanted by the ICTY. Tolimir faces charges, inter alia, relating to the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, including the murder of Bosnian Muslim prisoners held in the areas of Bratunac and Zvornik following the fall of the Srebrenica.

On 31 May 2007, Zdravko Tolimir was arrested in the border region between the Republika Srpska (in BiH) and Serbia. After the accused failed to enter a plea, on 3 July 2007 the Court entered a not guilty plea on Tolimir’s behalf. On 20 July 2007, the Trial Chamber denied the Prosecution’s request to join the case to Popović et al. and ordered that Zdravko Tolimir be tried separately. The trial has suffered numerous delays relating to Tolimir’s health and issues relating to self-representation.

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